Celtics claim Pacers' asking price for Paul George is unrealistic

According to Zach Lowe, the Celtics and Pacers are far apart in a deal revolving around Paul George.

It was reported earlier in the week that another condition for Boston is that George agrees to an extension with the Celtics.

The Pacers have little leverage since teams know George wants out of Indy and have no assurance that he'll re-sign with whichever team he's traded to (especially given numerous reports that he intends to sign with the Lakers in 2018), but that reportedly hasn't stopped them from asking for a nice haul for their 27-year-old All-Star.

The Celtics hope to lure Gordon Hayward away from the Jazz. The sides were growing close to a deal on draft night, but a third-team scenario fell through late in the evening that stalled talks.

George, who averaged a career-best 23.7 points last season, is also reportedly being eyed by the Lakers, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs.

The Pacers are fielding trade offers for Paul George. I know that most Celtics fans know that the Celtics are better off waiting for the Pacers to come back down to earth, but outside fans do not. Nick Wright chose to voice his complaints with Ainge on live television.

The Celtics have a growing confidence they could sign George to a contract extension, and keep him from leaving to his predetermined free-agent destination of the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources told The Vertical.

Considering George might be seen as a one-year rental before he hits free agency next July, it's highly unlikely that IN will receive that much IN return. IN reportedly wants the 2018 first round pick the Celtics have from the Brooklyn Nets, the 2018 first rounder from the Lakers, and a starting caliber player. He has vowed to play through next season with IN but the four-time All-Star intends to leave when his contract expires next year.

  • Stacy Allen